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One cyclist killed in crash, another chased onto a golf course


Biker in trafficThis week brought news of two serious incidents involving cyclists and motor vehicles.

Early this morning, a 34-year-old woman was riding her bike in Antioch when a truck struck and killed her. The driver stopped at the scene of the crash and called 911. The woman was flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where she died as a result of her injuries. Authorities say that the driver is cooperating and did not seem to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In Santa Rosa, police are looking for a driver who allegedly chased a cyclist onto a golf course Wednesday afternoon. Officers say the cyclist was traveling on Pythian Road in east Santa Rosa around 5:15 p.m. when the driver, described as an elderly man with gray hair, began yelling at him. He allegedly tried to hit the cyclist, who fled onto nearby Oakmont Golf Course, where the driver pursed and ran him down. The cyclist sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital.

In Sunnyvale, an ordinance allowing cyclists to take civil action against harassers. Both Los Angeles and Berkeley have similar cyclist anti-harassment ordinances.

You can read the text of the new Sunnyvale ordinance here. To explore bike accident data, check out The Bay Citizen’s Accident Tracker. You can add report accidents to the tracker here.

The Bay City News Service contributed to this report

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